The department of rural development and land reform says it has begun discussions with various stakeholders including law enforcement agencies to prevent land grabs. SA has been hit by sporadic land grabs in recent times amid growing fears the country could experience Zimbabwe-style violent land seizures that were led by ousted former president Robert Mugabe. The catastrophic land grabs in that country resulted in an economic and social crisis from which it has struggled to recover. President Cyril Ramaphosa has moved to quell investor fears over SA’s expropriation of land without compensation drive, often stating that the land reform process will be undertaken orderly and lawfully, and there will be no land grabs. The matter of expropriation without compensation threatens to derail Ramaphosa’s investment drive to boost SA’s ailing economy amid fears that property rights will not be respected. Parliamentarians, particularly those from the ANC and the EFF, are pushing to amend sectio...

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